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bashful

[bash-fuh l] /ˈbæʃ fəl/
adjective
1.
uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
2.
indicative of, accompanied by, or proceeding from bashfulness.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; (a)bash + -ful
Related forms
bashfully, adverb
bashfulness, noun
overbashful, adjective
overbashfully, adverb
overbashfulness, noun
unbashful, adjective
unbashfully, adverb
unbashfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. abashed, modest. See shy1 .
Antonyms
arrogant.
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Examples from the web for bashfulness
  • What many people have interpreted as cold-ness is more likely the ineptness at human contact that comes from nerd-bashfulness.
  • bashfulness and apathy are a tough husk in which a delicate organization is protected from premature ripening.
  • Yet the fellow, but for his unaccountable bashfulness, is pretty well too.
  • But his bashfulness offends the public interest in this case, which he alone brought to public attention.
  • She expatiates on her bashfulness and unfortunate penchant for making faux pas and recounts a few of the more amusing ones.
British Dictionary definitions for bashfulness

bashful

/ˈbæʃfʊl/
adjective
1.
disposed to attempt to avoid notice through shyness or modesty; diffident; timid
2.
indicating or characterized by shyness or modesty
Derived Forms
bashfully, adverb
bashfulness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from bash, short for abash + -ful
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Word Origin and History for bashfulness

bashful

adj.

1540s, from baishen "to be filled with consternation or dismay" (mid-14c.), from Old French baissier "bring down, humiliate" (see abash). Related: Bashfully; bashfulness (1530s).

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